Sabrina Notarfrancisco

Sabrina Notarfrancisco

Associate Professor of Theater

Joined Connecticut College: 2004

B.A., University of Central Florida
M.A., Southwest Missouri State University
M.F.A., University of Connecticut


Costume design

Costume construction

Costume history

Costume shop management

Sabrina Notarfrancisco is a costume designer for live performance and film. In addition to teaching courses in Costume History and Costume Design and Construction, she works closely with students in the costume studio, a hands-on environment where theory and practice seamlessly intersect.

Sabrina received her M.F.A. in Costume Design from the University of Connecticut and has worked as a designer for theater, musical theater, dance and film on over 70 academic and professional productions. She has also collaborated as a costume shop manager, draper, and mask and puppet builder for several theaters across the country.

An active member of The International Organization of Scenographers and Theater Architects (OISTAT), and the Association for Theater in Higher Education (ATHE), Sabrina also serves as the OISTAT costume delegate for the United States Institute of Theater and Technology’s (UISTT) Costume Design and Technology Commission. She has presented her designs at numerous international symposia and has exhibited work in the Perspectives of Spectacle exhibit at the Wimbledon College of Art and in the Costume at the Turn of the Century 1990-2015 exhibit at the A.A. Bakhrushin State Central Theatre Museum in Moscow.

Recent publications include “Collision of Art and Life,” an article chronicling the experimental costumed Tribes exhibit at the 2015 Prague Quadrennial, and “Mounting an Exhibit of Historical Costume,” which documents the garment selection, conservation and mounting process undertaken to create the Women of New England: Dress from the Industrial Age, 1850-1900 exhibit at the William Benton Museum of Art, for which she also served as a conservator. Both pieces were published in the TD&T (Theater Design & Technology) journal.

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I have always been fascinated by the performing arts and credit this interest to my early exposure to theater, opera, and dance in the culturally rich city of Berlin. Although actively involved in theater throughout my high school and undergraduate careers, it wasn’t until I took my first costume history course in graduate school that I knew I wanted to pursue a career in costume design. This transformational course opened my eyes to the rich and nuanced language of dress and the inextricable links between fashion and the zeitgeist of an era. Twenty years later, I find that I am still curious and energized by the psychology and storytelling power of costume.

Sabrina Notarfrancisco

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Connecticut College
Box #5536
270 Mohegan Ave.
New London, CT 06320


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